The Frenchman spent eight years at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League, before joining Juventus in 2014.
But the Serie A side deemed the 35-year-old surplus to requirements and he opted to join Marseille last month.
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However Evra was linked with a move to Old Trafford prior to joining the French club.
And he has confirmed he held talks with United boss Jose Mourinho about a return but his hopes were scuppered by somebody within the club.
Patrice Evra joined Marseille in the transfer window
He told Sky Italia: "I was very close to a return to Manchester United."
"I also spoke with Mourinho but there was a person, whose name I will not say, who probably did not like the idea of my return.
"Even the fans were enthusiastic and would have been delighted, but because I realised that they [the club] would not do anything I then asked my agent to look for other teams."